The sun was shining in the northern city where I live — a rare occurrence. It made me remember days at the seaside, and so I wrote and recorded this song …
ON SCARBORO BEACH
1. Lift our eyes into the skies
See blue, sea-blue
Way on high a biplane bimbles by
Baby with a ball takes a little fall
Grandma’s feeling cool she got a new tattoo
2. Floating free out on the open sea
Li-lo, see her go
While on the quay some pirates stop for tea
Yo-ho-ho, way to go.
Crumbling hotels, fish & chippy smells
The girl selling chairs returns my gentle stares
3. Skyline blurs we walk on undeterred
Hand-in-hand, nothing planned
As I dodge a bird you pick a porcelain word
From the sand.
Four maidens fair towelling their hair
Some old Gungadin is buried to his chin
4. On we roam splashing through the foam
With wet toes, Heaven knows
That our weary bones beg for the train home
So let’s go, whistle blow.
Soldier sees his wife she is bearing a new life
Big brass band plays beneath Victoria’s gaze
So loud, big crowd.
Sunlight in your eyes takes me by surprise
Makes me recognise my heart’s only prize
And when you taKe me by the hand
I am in the Promised Land no lie.
Sunlight in your eyes keeps me hypnotised
No more reason whys and no more sad goodbyes
And when …
Sunlight in your eyes cuts me down to size
Makes me realise I cannot disguise
That when you …